How important is TV in your life?
On 30 October 1925, John Logie Baird made the first transmission of a moving image (a human face) on a television.
Nowadays, can we imagine a world without TV?
I mean… seriously. Can you!?
I for one, can’t. Television is a medium that informs, entertains, provokes, discusses. Television opened up the world and, to this day, it provides us with the chance to take a peek beyond our own backyards and national borders.
We probably don’t even realize how much television influences our lives
On a small scale, imagine for example, that you’re doing groceries at a supermarket and you overhear people discussing the events that happened on their favorite soap opera last night.
“Robert married Laura. How could he? She cheated on him!”
And I’m sure many of you have laughed, cried and shouted together with your favorite Once Upon A Time characters, like Emma, and Regina; or with the six goofballs in Friends!
I also know for sure that there were moments throughout your life that you will always remember, simply because you’ve witnessed them on television.
For the Baby Boomers and their parents, the words…
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”
Or that moment in 1989 when the Berlin Wall was taken down.
The whole world was watching.
Not only the major events that are shown on TV have an influence on the world and how we perceive it. Did you know that a study showed that “ER” was responsible for Americans adopting a healthier way of life?
Or have you ever heard about the “CSI effect”? Jurors apparently have unrealistic expectations of forensic science and investigation techniques because of television crime shows.
Isn’t it crazy how much of an influence TV has on us?!
Of course, Television can’t fall behind on everything else in the world and needs its own day.
World Television Day
It is celebrated each year on the 21st November, and on this day we recognize the increasing impact television has on our lives.
More specifically, we celebrate television “as a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world” (United Nations). Very formal, I know.
That’s why I am taking the poetic license to list down my favorite top 10 fictional TV shows to start this celebration in a lighter way. (Fangirls and boys out there, apologies in advance for any confronting gifs you are about to see. Sorry if I spoil you!)
Top 10 of my favorite TV shows
1. The Doctor and his companions – Doctor Who
2. Fairytales like you’ve never seen before – Once Upon A Time
3. One of my first fangirl experiences – Charmed
4. Mother and daughter and their entourage – Gilmore Girls
5. I plead for a new series of – Gavin & Stacey
6. The famous British detective and his partner in crime – Sherlock
7. That group… – Friends
8. The show that introduced me to crime series – Crime Scene Investigation
9. The partly improvised show – Outnumbered
10. The crazy Catherine Tate and her sketches – The Catherine Tate Show
Now we want to see your favorite TV show! Look for a gif image, and post it here below in the comments or send it to us via Twitter (@UDucklingsInc), using the hashtag #WeLoveTV and #WorldTVDay. We’re looking forward to receiving your entries!
Ugly Ducklings Inc’s Research Assistant
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